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Track(s) taken from CDA66271/2

A Christmas Greeting, Op 52

First line:
Bowered on sloping hillsides rise
1907; G major; boys' voices, violin and piano
author of text

Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Jeremy Ballard (violin), Robin Thurlby (violin), Keith Swallow (piano)
Recording details: March 1987
The Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1987
Total duration: 5 minutes 26 seconds

Cover artwork: Broadheath (Elgar's birthplace) by David Birtwhistle


'Another invaluable issue from Hyperion' (Music and Musicians)
On 8 December 1907, while they were in Rome, Elgar revived the two violins and piano accompaniment when he set another poem by Alice, A Christmas Greeting. They sent it home to Hereford for Dr G R Sinclair and his cathedral choristers who gave the first performance on New Year's Day 1908, The setting is for high voices, with optional tenor and bass parts and, like the Enigma theme, it is in G minor and G major. It contains a quotation from the 'Pastoral Symphony' in Handel's Messiah at the reference to pipers wandering far.

from notes by Michael Kennedy © 1987

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